In 2007, Dutch artists Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta co-founded Studio DRIFT, an artist collective “that explores the boundaries of technology, art and nature”. With a multidisciplinary team of 64, they work on experiential sculptures, installations and performances. 

The studio’s mission is to unite audiences with experiences that inspire a reconnection to the planet, and each other. With both depth and simplicity, DRIFT’s works of art illuminate parallels between man-made and natural structures through large-scale intuitive, interactive, and innovative processes. The artists raise fundamental questions about what life is and explore a positive scenario for the future. “Our work is about feeling and experiencing,” explains Gordijn and Nauta. “We try to use technology to bring us back to nature.”

One of DRIFT’s most famous works is Franchise Freedom, a flying sculpture of 300 autonomous drones, mimicking a flock of birds. More recently, they presented Materialism, an ongoing research project which pulls apart ubiquitous objects like lightbulbs and plastic bags, and then rebuilds them into blocks of pure raw materials.

To date, DRIFT’s work has been exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum (2009, 2015); Met Museum (2010); Stedelijk Museum (2018); UTA Artist Space (2019); Garage Museum (2019); Mint Museum (2019); Biennale di Venezia (2015); and the Pace Gallery (2017) amongst others. Their work is held in the permanent collections of the LACMA; Rijksmuseum; SFMOMA; Stedelijk Museum; and the Victoria & Albert Museum. In 2014, Drift was awarded the Arte Laguna Prize, Venice.